She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
LORD Jesus we praise You for You are Strength and Shield. If our heart pants, and our strength fails us, if our soul thirsts, and our body is weak, You are there, O LORD, no matter what. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we seek fulfilment and joy, pleasure and peace from worldly things and people. Guide us through Your Holy Spirit, precious LORD. Enable us to seek Your Grace for us, for Your Strength is made perfect in our weakness. In Jesus’ wonderful and mighty name we pray. Amen.
If I would ask you today: What makes a woman strong, or what are the characteristics of the strong woman? What would you answer me? And, most of all, from what original source would you draw your answer?
During my own search I bumped into all sorts of explanations. Honestly? Online findings let me down. Most of them were quite worldly-oriented — yes, many from (supposedly) Christian sources, too.
I will not give you a list here. Most of it is just pure nonsense and not worth the time to dwell on or even to read over. Also, the opinions are so widespread that, to list even half of them, would go way beyond the scope of this blog post.
The main point is as simple as this: whenever we as women want to be “equals of men” we are actually making ourselves weaker than we really are or at least should be. Does that mean we are the better, superior, higher-class ones? No, we are not. What we definitely are, though, is different, and we have been given a different but very special kind of role in life. More on that in Friday’s blog.
Gird yourself with strength and strengthen your arms today.